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    Selenite VS Satin Spar

    There has been some debate in regards to Satin Spar and Selenite. Are they they same? How do they differ? What do you need to look for to know which one you have? In this article and video I am going to teach you more about the differences and visually show you side by side these crystals so that you can easily tell which on you have in your collection. MOH’s Hardness Selenite: 2 Satin Spar: 2 Streak: Selenite: White. Satin Spar: White. Color and Mineral Content: Selenite: Selenite is a transparent and colorless (or very lightly colored) variety of Gypsum that forms in distinct crystals. (source: minerals.net) The name…

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    Apophyllite VS Clear Quartz

    In its cluster form Apophyllite can look quite a bit like a Clear Quartz cluster. In this article and video I am going to teach you what to look for so that you know for sure which beautiful clear crystal you have in your collection. MOH’s Hardness Apophyllite: 4.5-5 Quartz: 7 Streak: Apophyllite: White. Quartz: White. Color and Mineral Content: Apophyllite: Apophyllite can be found in the following colors: Colorless, white, gray, green, brown. Rarely pink, purple, red, or orange. The most common ones that you will see include colorless/white and green. This article focuses more on the colorless (clear) to white Apophyllite. Apophyllite is a member of the Zeolite…

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    Astrophyllite VS Arfvedsonite

    Probably one of the most common incorrectly labeled crystals is Arfvedsonite. More times than not, when you look to purchase Astrophyllite you are most likely buying Arfvedsonite. I too have fallen victim to this, so believe me when I say that you are not alone! Seeing these crystals side by side and knowing what coloring to look for will make a huge difference in knowing if you’re looking at Arfvedsonite or Astrophyllite. MOH’s Hardness Astrophyllite: 3-3.5 Arfvedsonite: 5.5-6 Streak: Astrophyllite: Golden yellowish-brown. Arfvedsonite: Dark bluish-gray. Color and Mineral Content: Astrophyllite: Astrophyllite is always a bronze, reddish brown color. You will never find it as blue, silver, or yellow like you…

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    Larvikite VS Labradorite VS Black Moonstone

    Larvikite has so many misleading names that it makes perfect sense that many people confuse it with Labradorite and Black Moonstone. These names include Black Labradorite, Black Moonstone, Norwegian Moonstone, and Blue Pearl Granite, just to name the most common. This video will show you a side by side comparison so that you can identify which you have, even if it was labeled as one of those “other” names. MOH’s Hardness Larvikite: 6-6.5 Labradorite: 6-6.5 Black Moonstone: 6-6.5 Streak: Larvikite: White Labradorite: White Black Moonstone: White Mineral Content: Larvikite: Larvikite is a Augite Syenite or Monzonite with relatively high Al2O3, Na2O and K2O contents. It is a relatively coarse-grained Anorthoclase-rich…

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    Angelite VS Celestite

    There is a common misinformation that Angelite and Celestite are the same crystal since it is stated as such in one of the most popular crystal books. However, this information is inaccurate. This video will correct that information and tell you more about the differences with a side by side comparison of Angelite and Celestite. MOH’s Hardness Angelite: 3.5 Celestite: 3-3.5 Streak: Angelite: White to light gray Celestite: White Mineral Content: Angelite: Angelite is the trade name for the blue-gray fine grained variety of Anhydrite that comes from Peru. Angelite has the chemical composition of CaSO4 (Calcium Sulfate). It’s chemical structure is almost identical to Gypsum except that Gypsum contains…

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    Sodalite VS Lapis Lazuli

    Sodalite and Lapis Lazuli can look quite similar and it is one that I see a lot of confusion over. The following are a few tips on how to identify which you have. The video offers information as well as shows you a side by side comparison. MOH’s Hardness Sodalite: 5.5-6 Lapis Lazuli: 5-5.5 Streak: Sodalite: White Lapis Lazuli: Blue Colors and Mineral Content: Sodalite: Sodalite has the chemical composition of Na8Al6Si6O24(Cl2,S) (Sodium aluminum silicate with chlorine, and occasionally sulfur). It is a Feldspathoid, which is a aluminosilicate mineral that contains abundant calcium, potassium, or sodium and too little silica to form feldspar. However, feldspathoids do commonly occur with feldspars.…

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    Moonstone VS Rainbow Moonstone

    Sometimes there can be a bit of confusions between Moonstone and Rainbow Moonstone. There is actually quite a difference between the two stones even though they are related. The following are a few tips on how to identify which you have. The video offers information as well as shows you a side by side comparison. As an extra bonus I have included Opalite and Labradorite in the video and explain how they are similar and how they differ from Moonstone and Rainbow Moonstone. MOH’s Hardness Moonstone: 6-6.5 Rainbow Moonstone: 6-6.5 Streak: Moonstone: White Rainbow Moonstone: White Colors and Mineral Content: Moonstone: Moonstone is Orthoclase Feldspar. It has the chemical composition…

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    Ruby in Fuchsite VS Ruby in Zoisite

    Ruby in Fuchsite and Ruby in Zoisite can be hard to tell apart if you do not know what to look for, especially if the Ruby in Fuchsite is a darker green color. The following are a few tips on how to identify which you have. The video offers information as well as shows you a side by side comparison. MOH’s Hardness Ruby in Fuchsite: 2.5-3 (You can scratch it with a steel knife.) Ruby in Zoisite: 6.5-7 Streak: Ruby in Fuchsite: White, it can sheds tiny green flakes, especially in the raw form. Ruby in Zoisite: White Colors and Mineral Content: Ruby in Fuchsite: Fuchsite is the green variety…

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